FHSU’s Jacob Ternes newest member appointed to Options Board of Directors


HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State University’s Jacob Ternes, assistant director of the Memorial Union, recently joined Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Board of Directors.

“Our newest board member brings with him the passion and experience to support the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and is committed to bringing help, hope and healing to the victims and survivors we serve,” said Jennifer Hecker, executive director of the Options board.

“We have a strong foundation of leadership in place and are pleased to have Jacob share his enthusiasm and insightful perspectives as a member of our board,” she said.

Ternes previously served as coordinator of student involvement and Greek Life, where he was an active partner with the Women’s Leadership Project and a member of the Violence Prevention Task Force to address gender-based violence on campus.

While attending college, Ternes helped raise funds to support SOS Inc. in Emporia, a non-profit organization providing services, education and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Ternes is a recipient of the Markley Award from the NACA Central Region in 2018, the Outstanding New Professionals award from the NACA Central Region in 2017, and a 2015 Man of Merit award winner from FHSU.

“Jacob will be an excellent addition to the Options Domestic Sexual Violence Services Board of Directors,” said Edie McCracken, director of FHSU’s Memorial Union.

“We support his services to the Hays community and appreciate the opportunity to further strengthen ties between FHSU and Options.”

Serving as a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering individuals who experience domestic, sexual, interpersonal or stalking violence, Options provides individual support while educating communities to identify and confront the causes of violence in society. Options provides voluntary services that are free of charge and confidential to 18 counties in Northwest Kansas.

Those in need of help because of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking can call Options free Helpline at 800-794-4624 for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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